Mandel School Dean Dexter Voisin will present “America the Beautiful and Violent: The Response of Social Work to Anti-Black Racism” Wednesday, March 29, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in the school’s Noble Commons. The event also will be live-streamed on the Mandel School’s YouTube channel.
Through this talk, Voisin will illuminate how major social policies and practices in the U.S. created Black racialized poverty and trauma, resulting in a higher disease burden and social disadvantage born by Black Americans. He will highlight important steps the those in the social work profession can adopt to promote an anti-Black racist approach aimed at furthering racial and social equality.
Lunch will be provided for those who attend in-person. Mandel School students can receive one professional development hour for each Impact Talk they attend.
Voisin is a licensed clinician with more than 30 years of research, teaching and administrative experience. He earned his PhD from Columbia University and is recognized among the top 2% of scientists in the world, and among the top most-cited Black scholars in social work at research-intensive universities. He has authored more than 170 peer-reviewed publications and generated over $11 million in external funding, with research findings informing health policy in the State of Illinois. He is frequently called upon to be a contributor to the national and international media.